23 July 2020
Mediation is the process by which families can negotiate about future arrangements for children or finances with the help of a neutral third party.
Child Law Advice have helpful pages on aspects of family law, including an article on what mediation is and whether it may suit your personal circumstances for divorce or separation.
The mediator does not tell parties what to do, but can help the parties to reach their own agreements amicably, whilst trying to improve communication between them. A family mediator must also be sure to act impartially. This means they must avoid any conflict of interest.
You may have also heard of a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). This is the first meeting which will help establish whether mediation will be suitable in your circumstances, and whether it will help you to reach an agreement.